From Qantas and Emirates to Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines, discover how you can earn and redeem rewards with more than one airline.
Frequent flyer programs are becoming increasingly popular as airlines try to attract frequent customers and reward them for their loyalty. While this offers a wide range of benefits to customers, some frequent flyers find themselves wondering if it’s possible to transfer their reward points to another airline’s frequent flyer program to take advantage of a particular flight or reward.
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to transfer your points from one frequent flyer program to another because different programs have different terms and conditions surrounding how you earn points and what they can be spent on. However, it is possible to redeem your frequent flyer points for flights and rewards with another airline if it happens to be a ‘partner airline’ of your chosen flight provider.
Many of the world’s most popular airlines form partnerships with other airlines to offer flight networks that span the globe. They also allow customers to enjoy frequent flyer member benefits across a host of partner airlines, including redeeming their frequent flyer points for tickets on codeshare flights, which is where two or more airlines share the same flight.
Under some programs it’s also possible to earn tier miles when flying with partner airlines, allowing you to reach higher levels of membership in your frequent flyer program.
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How to redeem and earn frequent flyer points with other airlines
While it’s not always possible to transfer frequent flyer points to another program, some airlines allow you to redeem your points for flights and other rewards with ‘partner airlines’.
Take a look at the frequent flyer programs and airline partnerships provided by some of the world’s most popular airlines.
American Airlines’ AAdvantage program allows members to earn frequent flyer files on flights and with more than 1,000 partners. As this company is a member of the oneworld Alliance, you can also earn points on codeshare flights with British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 and TAM Airlines. AAdvantage members can also earn tier miles with all of these airlines, allowing you to reach a higher level of membership sooner.
Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program is called Miles & More, and it allows customers to earn points by booking flights, hotels, car rental and in a range of other ways. Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance, perhaps the best-known airline alliance in the world, so it offers codeshare flights through a number of airlines. Miles & More members can earn award miles (which are like regular frequent flyer miles), status miles (which determine your membership status and are also counted as award miles) and HON Circle miles (only available to the top-tier members) when they fly with Lufthansa’s partner airlines:
|Partner airlines||Miles earned|
|Award miles||Status miles||HON Circle miles|
|Cathay Pacific Airways|
|LOT Polish Airlines|
|South African Airways|
|Swiss International Air Lines|
Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program offers a wide range of benefits to members. Virgin offers codeshare flights with a number of respected partner airlines around the world, offering flights to a large number of destinations all over the globe and allowing members to earn tier miles when they fly.
Partner airlines include Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hong Kong Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air Canada, Alitalia, Hawaiian Airlines, South African Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America and Virgin Samoa.
A member of the oneworld global airline alliance, Cathay Pacific has strong partnerships with several of the world’s most popular airlines. The members of this alliance are listed in the American Airlines profile above. Its Marco Polo Club allows you to earn tier miles on the flights of any oneworld airline partners.
In addition, Cathay Pacific also has codeshare agreements in place with Air Canada, Air China, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Australian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Comair, Cathay Dragon, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Flybe, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, MIAT Mongolian Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Shenzhen Airlines, SNCF, Swiss, S7 Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and WestJet.
Etihad Guest is the membership program of Etihad Airways, allowing members to earn Etihad Guest Miles every time they fly with Etihad or with a partner airline. Customers can earn tier miles when they fly with Air New Zealand, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Jet Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Scandinavian Airlines, South African Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and Virgin Australia.
In addition, Etihad offers codeshare flights with Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Astana, airBaltic, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air Malta, Air New Zealand, Air Serbia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and more.
Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer program is known as KrisFlyer and it allows customers to earn miles for booking flights and for shopping with a number of retail partners. As Singapore Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance, KrisFlyer members can earn tier miles on the following partner airlines: Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, EVA Air, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and United. However, keep in mind that only some booking classes are eligible for mileage accrual.
KrisFlyer members can also take advantage of codeshare flights with airlines like Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Virgin Australia and many more.
The Qantas Frequent Flyer program is the best-known airline rewards scheme in Australia, offering an array of benefits and discounts to its members. In addition to earning miles on Qantas flights, you can earn Qantas Points when you take an eligible flight on oneworld alliance member airlines including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, JAL (Japan Airlines), LAN, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, S7 and SriLankan Airlines.
Members can also enjoy a host of in-flight benefits depending on their member status, while Qantas also has codeshare agreements in place with airlines like American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Alitalia, Jetstar, Emirates and more.
The Emirates Skywards program allows its members to earn Skywards Miles that can be redeemed for flights and other travel benefits. You can also earn miles when you fly with partner airlines including Alaska Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, JetBlue, Jetstar, Korean Air, Qantas, S7 Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal and Virgin America. While you can’t earn miles on EasyJet flights, you can redeem your miles with this budget carrier.
In addition, Emirates offers codeshare flights with the following carriers:
- Air Malta
- Alaska Airlines
- Air Mauritius
- Bangkok Airways
- Copa Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Jet Airways
- JetBlue Airways
- Jetstar Airways
- Jetstar Asia
- Korean Air
- Malaysia Airlines
- Siberia Airlines
- South African Airways
- TAP Portugal
- Thai Airways International
- TGV Air
Delta Air Lines
American carrier Delta Air Lines runs its SkyMiles program to offer rewards to frequent flyers. It has partnered with a number of airlines around the world to make it easier for customers to earn miles. Top-level partner airlines that allow you to earn tier membership miles include Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, China Eastern, GOL, KLM, Korean Air, Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia. A number of other partner airlines also allow you to earn SkyMiles but at a lower rate, with lower-level partners including carriers like Aeroflot, Kenya Airways, China Airlines and Garuda Indonesia.
It’s also worth mentioning that members can also take advantage of points-earning opportunities through Delta’s codeshare agreements with airlines like Hawaiian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.
United Airlines’ frequent flyer scheme is known as the MileagePlus program. As well as flights with United, members can earn miles on flights with the carrier’s partner airlines to more than 1,100 destinations around the world. MileagePlus miles can be earnt and used on any Star Alliance airline, including Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines. Codeshare agreements are also in place with all Star Alliance members, as well as with other provides like Bulgaria Air and TAM Airlines.Back to top